Petals-n-Pleats 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Petals-n-Pleats is a 1930s styled dress designed to fit 18" dolls. The shape of the dress is an A-line shape with inverted pleats in both front and back. This little frock is knee length with a yoke in front that comes to a point in the center. Short sleeves are gathered at shoulder and onto sleeve band. A contrasting collar is made up of two pieces meeting in the center front. The dress closes in the back with an invisible zipper. A sweet little bow hand sewn onto center front completes the look!

This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.

Recommended Fabrics:  lightweight to medium weight cottons, not suitable for knit or jersey

Supplies Needed:

  • 1/2 yard fabric 
  • 10" x 15" scrap piece of fabric 
  • 7"-9" invisible zipper 
  • 12 inches of 1/4"-3/8" wide ribbon 
  • Iron and pressing tools 
  • hand sewing needle, matching thread, contrasting thread (optional), seam sealant, zipper foot


Skill Level:  Intermediate


What You Get: One 25 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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Kathy T.
United States

Thirties dress pattern

This was a fun pattern. I have made two dresses. Too cute!

A Pixie Faire Customer
Gretchen Hulett

Awesome pattern

I have the utmost pleasure being able to test this adorable little dress. Pattern was well documented with tutorials as well as written instructions. I plan on making more of this in different colors for my dolls.

Gretchen Hulett verified customer review of Petals-n-Pleats 18 Doll Clothes Pattern
Maureen McDonald
Elsmere, Kentucky USA

Pretty "Petals-N-Pleats" 18-inch doll pattern

I finished my Petals-n-Pleats dress and love it! I usually stick with easy patterns and this was a bit above my skill level, but I liked the look of it, and really wanted to sew it! The directions and illustrations got me through it. Nice pattern. The dress is so cute, and looks professionally made!

Maureen McDonald verified customer review of Petals-n-Pleats 18 Doll Clothes Pattern
Gretchen Neeley
Vale, Oregon

Petals and Pleats 18" Doll Dress

I had the honor of testing this great dress pattern for Rebecca. The directions were very clear, and the dress went together beautifully. I was impressed with how precise the pattern pieces were, and loved the method used to place the yoke on the main part of the dress. The fit was perfect. GREAT pattern!!!

Carol Meadows
Eastern North Carolina

Clever Styling for a 1930s Dress

I found the pattern to be easy to understand and follow, the illustrations were all clear and helpful, and the result was a darling little dress for school or play for Lindsey!

Carol Meadows verified customer review of Petals-n-Pleats 18 Doll Clothes Pattern